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Each summer, in August, I notice a strange phenomenon. My children suddenly proclaim they are “bored”. Swimming becomes boring, riding bikes becomes boring and the library is boring too. Anything and everything is terribly boring. As a mom, the last thing I want to here is how boring everything is, especially when the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the smell of sunblock is in the air. However, I know I must handle their declarations with a soft touch, or else I will be accused of not understanding.
I really like to think that this is a healthy and positive sign that they are missing school, their friends and even their wonderful teachers. However, around here, our kids still have a solid month before the school doors are flung open. So, I promptly called my sister for a few creative ideas. It turns out that my darling niece and nephew had also proclaimed all things “boring” and it seemed that we were stuck in the same boring boat.
We knew that we needed to give the kids a break from our usual summer hang outs – the pool, the beach, and the playground. We started thinking about the one spot they hadn’t really spent much time in: our own backyards. Personally, I find myself having to drag my kids into our backyard. They play on our swingset for a grand total of ten minutes and then come back inside. According to them, it’s too hot, there is nothing to do, and ultimately – it’s too boring.
We decided to host an outdoor “Sudsy Soap Party” using Palmolive dish soap. We stopped by our local Walmart and picked up the biggest bottle of Palmolive dish soap we could find. We were determined to wash the boredom right off them! When we explained to our kids that we would be having an “anything goes” soap party, they were intrigued. As we pulled out the soap, food coloring and plastic cups, we noticed we did not hear one child mutter the dreaded word: boring.
We knew it was going to be a fun filled summer day! We helped them make bubble solution from scratch and then they made bubble paintings with the leftover soap. By the end of the day, they were covered in soap and mud and grass. We pulled out a huge bin and filled it with Palmolive dish soap and cool clean water from the hose. They took turns taking “baths” in the bubbles and had a blast getting clean.
I don’t think they knew how much fun playing with soap could be. Soap and bubbles are always fun, no matter what age your children are. With Palmolive dish soap, the possibilities are endless! If you are looking to create some of your own sudsy summer fun, Palmolive is hosting a Sweepstakes where you can enter to win a $2,000 Walmart gift card and weekly prizes! The Sweepstakes begins on August 11, so be sure to enter here!
HOMEMADE BUBBLE SOLUTION:
- 1 cup Palmolive dish soap
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 4 cups water
Slowly mix everything together. Let stand for 5 minutes and mix again.
BUBBLE SOLUTION FOR CANVAS ART:
- 1/4 cup bubble solution
- 10 drops food coloring
Mix together and have children blow bubbles down onto canvas or paper. As the canvas becomes saturated, the bubbles will hold their shape and create circles and splatters.
Thanks for reading!